Hawaii Advances Bill to Allow Titling and Registration of Newer Special Interest Vehicles

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Overview: Hawaii has introduced SAN-supported legislation (H.B. 480) to allow the titling and registration of special interest vehicles that are at least thirty-five years old or modified to resemble a vehicle that is at least thirty-five years old. Currently, the term “special interest vehicles" includes a street rod vehicle and a street rod replica vehicle, which were manufactured before 1968 or manufactured after 1967 to resemble a vehicle manufactured before 1968. The bill amends these definitions to be based on the age of the vehicle or the parts used, rather than a certain year. Such vehicles would be required to meet the safety standards that were in effect at the time of manufacture. The bill passed the House Committee on Judiciary & Hawaiian Affairs and now awaits consideration in the House Committee on Finance.